Key skills, experience, qualifications and training will help you get invited to job interviews. However, these areas alone won’t be enough to land important job offers. Interviewees with the strongest qualifications don’t always get hired. Interviewees with the most relevant work experience don’t always get hired. Employers are assessing other important factors during job interviews. This article examines one of the key factors.
What else are interviewers assessing during job interviews?
A key component is interest. Employers assess your interest in the role and your interest in working for their company. Fail to communicate interest and you won’t get hired.
How can you communicate your interest?
1. Energy and enthusiasm
You must be energetic and enthusiastic during a job interview. Lack of energy, or enthusiasm, can be interpreted as lack of interest. Employers won’t hire uninterested candidates. Use the tone of your voice and body language to communicate your interest.
2. Navigate “interest” related interview questions
There are a number of key questions to assess your interest during interview. These questions include;
Do you have any questions?
What do you know about our organisation?
Why do you want this role?
Why do you want to work for our company?
You will note that the above questions come up regularly at interview. From experience many job seekers spend little time preparing for these interview questions. NB: Don’t cut corners with your interview preparation!!!! Ensure you can deliver strong answers for these questions!!!!
Get more job offers …..
Don’t rely on qualifications or work experience to get you over the line at interview. You MUST communicate your interest to the interviewer!!Focus on delivering an energetic/enthusiastic performance at interview. Take time to assess and prepare strong answers for the outlined questions. This way you’ll convince the employer that you are interested in their role/company.
Interview preparation advice from Paul Mullan